“The genius of Hannah’s domestic thrillers – along with the twistiest plots known to woman – is that she creates ordinary people whose psychological quirks make them as monstrous as any serial killer.”   |  The Guardian

“Hannah’s mastery of plot and character are simply peerless.”  |  Heat magazine


Sophie Hannah is an internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, published in 49 languages and 51 territories. In 2014,  with the blessing of Agatha Christie’s family and estate, Sophie published a new Hercule Poirot novel, The Monogram Murders, which was a bestseller in more than 15 countries. She has since published two more Poirot novels, Closed Casket and The Mystery of Three Quarters, both of which were instant Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers.

In 2013, Sophie’s novel The Carrier won the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Specsavers National Book Awards. Two of her crime novels, The Point of Rescue and The Other Half Lives, have been adapted for television and appeared on ITV1 under the series title Case Sensitive in 2011 and 2012.

Sophie has also published two short story collections and five collections of poetry – the fifth of which, Pessimism for Beginners, was shortlisted for the T S Eliot Award. Her poetry is studied at GCSE, A Level and degree level across the UK. From 1997 to 1999 she was Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College Cambridge and between 1999 and 2001 she was a fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. She is forty-seven and lives with her husband, children and dog in Cambridge, where she is an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.

Sophie’s next Psychological Thriller will be published next summer

 Haven’t They Grown?

All Beth has to do is drive her son to his football match, watch him play, and bring him home. Just because her ex-best friend lives near the football ground, that doesn’t mean she has to drive past Flora’s new house and try to catch a glimpse of her. Why would she do that, and risk dredging up painful memories? She hasn’t seen Flora for eleven years. She doesn’t want to see her today, or ever again.

Except she can’t resist…

Which is how she comes to be parked across the road from Newnham House, watching as Flora and her children Thomas and Emily step out of the car. Only…

There’s something horribly wrong.

Flora looks the same, only a decade older. As Beth would have expected.

It’s the children. There’s something wrong with the children. Eleven years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then, more than a decade ago. They are still five and three. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt – Beth hears Flora call them by their names, and they’re wearing clothes she remembers them wearing when she knew them all those years ago – but they haven’t changed at all. They are no taller, no older…

Why haven’t they grown?

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